Terry Funk alive and well in Texas after an exhausting weekend
Photo (and full album) by Earl Gardner
Terry Funk is alive, fine, and back home in Texas.
After making a speech on Saturday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia where he said he didn’t want to leave the ring (seen below) because it may be for the last time, the wrestling world was concerned about him. He noted after getting home that his daughter called up and jokingly asked him if he was dead because of all the stories.
Funk underwent surgery for an inguinal hernia on September 12th, and was supposed to be resting and in bed for a couple of weeks. But he didn’t want to miss his bookings for Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore shows on September 16th in St. James, NY, and September 17th in Philadelphia, so he got up at 4 a.m. on Friday, flew into LaGuardia Airport and appeared at the NY show.
After the show, he drove to Philadelphia, getting to sleep at about 4 a.m. that night.
He signed autographs all day at the convention in Philadelphia and was exhausted by the time it came to the Philly show that night. He was supposed to be in Dreamer’s corner for the main event against Matt Hardy, flanked by Senor Benjamin. Obviously, that would lead to a physical spot, and given he was coming off surgery, that would have been a bad idea.
He asked Dreamer if he could leave early as by that time he was exhausted. So, they did the interview segment early in the show and he caught a flight home.
There were reports he wasn’t feeling well, which had to do with the exhaustion and the fact he wasn’t physically ready for travel, but he didn’t want to miss a booking for Dreamer.
Funk joked that he’s got another appointment with his doctor in ten days to see if he could be cleared to get out of the house with the doctors having no idea he flew and traveled all weekend.